The Rock River Valley Blood Center is encouraging anyone with type O negative blood to donate.
The center currently has only 10% of a one day's supply. The blood type is universal making treatment for emergency cases faster. Trauma patients are able to receive type O negative no matter what type of blood they have.
Rock River Valley Blood Center Marketing Manager, Jennifer Bowman says the shortage is a concern for the center. "We can talk to lots of people about the need for O negative but only 7% of the population has O negative, so we really need anyone that is O negative, to consider coming in. I encourage employers, if you have employees that are O negative, to let them leave the office early, maybe come over at lunch."
There are two locations to donate in Rockford, one in Belvidere and one in Freeport. For more information go to www.rrvbc.org.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WREX. All Rights Reserved.
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Trista Truesdale at (815) 335-7856. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.